Ten years after their first show as artistic directors of Chautauqua Theater Company, Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeny welcome back two of their first stars.
Growing up in New Mexico, playwright Carol Carpenter was used to hearing stories of United States citizens crossing the border to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, for a good time. She said the border was more open back then, and a drunken trip to Mexico was, for the most part, safe.
The Guadalupe, Chautauqua Theater Company’s second New Play Workshop, debuts this week. The production is the last in CTC’s “New Works Month.”
Ethan McSweeny directs this week’s New Play Workshop, The Guadalupe. The first show is 8 p.m. Thursday in Bratton Theater.
In the United States, women make up less than a quarter of both produced playwrights and those directing productions.
As soft light filters through the nearest window, a woman sits upright in bed. Pulling on a raggedy pink terrycloth robe and house slippers, she slides past a curtain into the kitchen. After collecting the morning paper and milk from outside the apartment door, she sets a dented kettle on the stove to boil, sending a metallic clatter rings through the dead air.
If the American Dream were a paper lunch sack, Chautauqua Theater Company would try to unpack and explore such a bag’s contents at its second 2014 Brown Bag lecture at 12:15 p.m. today in Bratton Theater.
Veteran Broadway actor Lynda Gravatt approaches each play like a symphony. Throughout table reads, rehearsal and final production, all the players develop their instrumentation, intonation and togetherness. The final result is a melodious chorus.
When dreams have been deferred for long enough, you don’t want to waste any more time. The Youngers, the iconic family at the center of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, certainly don’t, even if they find themselves at loggerheads (with one another and with themselves) over which dream to finally pursue.
Chautauqua Theater Company is ready to present a gift to the Institution. The gift — the opening performance of CTC’s production of A Raisin in the Sun at 8 p.m. Saturday evening in Bratton Theater — takes a little ingenuity to imagine.